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Denying Immediate Death Benefits to Families of Fallen Soldiers Is a Disgusting Political Ploy

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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Denying Immediate Death Benefits to Families of Fallen Soldiers Is a Disgusting Political Ploy

by Jenny Erikson

Five U.S. service members died over the weekend in Afghanistan, and now the government is refusing to shell out a $100,000 benefit to their families to help with the immediate costs of burying a loved one killed while serving their country.

A “death gratuity” is usually wired to the families within 36 hours. It’s intended to cover funeral costs, time lost at work, and travel expenses to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.

But no. The government is shut down, so we must do things like keep geriatric heroes out of parks and deny benefits to grieving soldiers’ families.

"The government is hurting the wrong people," said Shannon Collins, who lost her son over the weekend in Afghanistan. "Families shouldn’t have to worry about how they’re going to bury their child ... Families shouldn’t have to worry about how they're going to feed their family if they don’t go to work this week."

Amen Sister. And God bless your son Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah M. Collins, and may he rest in peace.

There is something very, very wrong here. There is money to pay these families, and they should be paid. If there is money to run Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move website, then there is money for these families.

If there is money for the glitchy Obamacare exchange websites that no one seems to be able to get through to, then there is money for these families.

This is just another sick political ploy so that President Obama can say that the dirty Republicans are refusing to do exactly what I want, so it’s their fault!

Ok, obviously I’m paraphrasing, but it’s basically what he’s saying. It’s a temper tantrum, and unlike a 2-year-old you can send to his room, this guy runs the country.

The Republicans have said over and over that they’re more than willing to negotiate. They got caught on a hot mic saying they want to negotiate. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid convinced the President to cancel a negotiation meeting with top GOP lawmakers before the shutdown.

When Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi refuse to bend even the slightest bit to the center, it’s annoying. When they blame the right for not being united with them because we don’t all want to go stand in the failed utopia of leftist ideals, it’s maddening.

When they use political ploys like denying immediate death benefits to fallen soldiers’ families, it’s just sick.

President Obama, you have the power to fix this. Do it. Do it now, for Shannon Collins, a grieving mother that just lost her 19-year-old son.

For the sacrifice our kids are making, at the age that they’re making them, I don’t understand how this can be a benefit that’s withheld. I won’t ever understand it .... How can we do that to these young men and these young women, who come back having lost their lives? I just really hope that the government really figures this out.

Do you think the families should receive the death gratuity despite the government shutdown?

by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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SlapItHigh
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Yes, I do.
Katkinson
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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YES. 

They should have gotten theirs before special pays and bonuses were sent out. 

 

jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

of course

chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Yes, absolutely.
mlogsdon
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Yes. This shouldn't even be an issue.
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rebeccab1966
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I watched a Federal Judge explain this this morning on CNN.  There is already an Executive Provision for this, to make sure these payments continue, and Obama just has to sign it.  He hasn't.

sahmw2010
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Agreed

Quoting Katkinson:

YES. 


They should have gotten theirs before special pays and bonuses were sent out. 


 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

 


Quoting rebeccab1966:

I watched a Federal Judge explain this this morning on CNN.  There is already an Executive Provision for this, to make sure these payments continue, and Obama just has to sign it.  He hasn't.

No. there is a provision to pay military and bring civilians back to work. The pentaaon lawyers looked it over with a fine tooth comb, and found death benefits were not payable.

that is why the house and the senate are scrambling to fix this today. However, Obama has said he won't sign piecemeal legislation anymore, so unless he takes that back, he won't sign it when it is brought to his desk. He wants a fully funded budget and a risen debt ceiling; he won't bring back the government in pieces

I think the whole thing is disgusting and it's time we as a nation do something aganist these people. They're no better than Egypt's government  and since they aren't killing us, a step above syria's. time to over throw them.

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

 


Quoting Katkinson:

YES. 

They should have gotten theirs before special pays and bonuses were sent out. 

 


 that would piss off a lot of the people whining on dfas's fb page. and by people i mean wives who just want to spend the $$$. I have yet to see a servicemember get annoyed with the thought of not receiving these pays..its always the wives who do it. lol

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Definitely!

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